The Adventurous Life of Myles Standish and the Amazing-But-True Survival Story of Plymouth Colony (The Cheryl Harness Histories). Written and illustrated by Cheryl Harness. National Geographic Children’s Books. 144pp


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  • The Adventurous Life of Myles Standish and the Amazing-But-True Survival Story of Plymouth Colony (The Cheryl Harness Histories). Written and illustrated by Cheryl Harness. National Geographic Children’s Books. 144pp. Trade ISBN 978-0-7922-5918-3, $21.95; Library ISBN 978-0-7922-5919-0, $32.90. (I, M) This is a fascinating narrative describing the life of Mayflower passenger Myles Standish and the early settlement of Plymouth Colony. Harness writes in a style that makes Standish come alive.

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